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Gotta buy me a Mercury...

Posted Sunday, April 15, 2012, at 9:18 AM

..and cruise it on down the road..

The BFF and I were headed from southeast Missouri to northeast Texas Thursday, when we saw this sweet old Mercury, just tooling along I-30 with the big boys.

It always gives me a thrill to see these old cars, still out there in good shape, still keeping up, after all the years.

I know they're probably uncomfortable as all get-out, but--oh, the romance of them! Oh, the nostalgia! They fairly boggle my mind and send my imagination reeling! Those were the days when automobiles were built with real metal in American plants, using American labor.

They are a symbol of a beautiful, bygone era.

The big issue between the BFF and his Texas brother is--Yes, it's a Mercury--but what year??? BFF says '49 or '50. Texas brother says '38 or '39.

No matter what the year...It's a real treat to share the road with these classy old girls!

From the concrete labyrinth of I-30, crossing over the Arkansas River, this is your traveling country blogger Madeline, gazing out the car window in wonder at our U.S. Interstate Highway System and the beautiful vehicles that travel it!

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For some reason, my husband always longed for a '49 Mercury. I don't know what the appeal was, but he talked about it for the entire 32 years of our marriage! He never got one, but I don't know if he would have been able to maintain it, once he had it. I understand that antique cars are very expensive.

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Apr 17, 2012, at 1:56 PM

One of my high school buddies had a 45 Mercury and drove to Catron every Friday and Saturday night, he said the girls were fun there, never knew what he meant as my daddy would not let me go to Catron.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, Apr 17, 2012, at 2:50 PM

Our second car was a '76 Mercury Monarch. Our current car is an '05 Mercury Grand Marquis. But...those 1940's and 1950's Mercuries have always attracted me! Those bodies were not fiber-glass but metal all the way. Check this baby out!


-- Posted by swift on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 3:54 PM

Wow, swift, that looks like the exact Mercury my husband had in mind! Just beautiful!!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 6:27 AM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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